New Information on NFPA 70-E 2015:
Is YOUR Facility Risking an Electrical Disaster?
The Latest from Industry and OSHA
The most effective and foolproof way to eliminate the risk of electrical shock or arc flash is to simply de-energize the equipment. But, in some cases, turning off the power is just not possible. Understanding arc flash and its potential hazards, calculating risk, knowing the importance of labeling, and the proper use of PPE can maintain the effective use of live electrical equipment and parts.
Essentially, OSHA and NFPA requirements should be followed to develop and implement an effective electrical safety program—and ultimately save lives. A number of OSHA standards are cited in relation to arc flash hazards.
The NFPA 70E national consensus standard is a comprehensive standard that contains detailed information on how to protect workers from arc flashes. Employers must consider and adopt NFPA 70E when employees work on an electrical system.
NFPA 70E is not an OSHA requirement. But that does not matter. OSHA requires employers to protect employees from electrical hazards, including arc flash. OSHA issues citations based on the requirements of NFPA 70E through existing Agency regulations.
New standards are in effect for 2015. Compliance with the spirit of “29 CFR 1910 Subpart S” is more than a "simple arc flash study". Understanding the components to compliance and ensuring a safer and more productive work place is essential for your company to avoid a costly fine or endangering your employees.
Join the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico at 7 am on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015, at Garduno’s Uptown Restaurant to hear important news on the updated mandates for 2015. Speaker Jeff Platter is president of BPC International Inc. His engineering firm is the oldest infrared inspection company in the Americas. Jeff is the co-founder of the “Oklahoma Predictive Maintenance User’s Group” (OPMUG), a non-profit which focuses on educating companies in the region about reliability technologies and principles for improved member profits. Jeff and his staff have completed several hundred arc flash assessments for both private and government entities. This information is key for plant engineers, facilities managers and environmental health and safety specialists to gain insight into electrical safety.
ALSO on hand, representing OSHA,
is Robert Dunnington who will provide
direct information on his agency’s movement
towards ramping up their involvement
with compliance for this important
Reservations are always required. Click on the RSVP button to register and pay on-line (preferred) or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. FIRST TIME FACILITY MANAGERS ARE ALWAYS FREE. Members pay $30.00; non-members pay $35.00.
NEW! You can now RSVP on line for monthly meetings and have the option of paying by creditcard, just press the button to the right.
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February Executive Director Column
FMANM Turns Another Corner:
Online Registration is Now Available!
I won’t bore you with the details (like how the membership role for this organization was initially recorded on a yellow legal pad) but suffice it to say, we’ve come a long way, baby! The latest replacement to the yellow legal pad is ONLINE REGISTRATION to signal your intention to attend the monthly breakfast meeting, pay for your Isotopes tickets in June, register your team of championship-level golfers in July, or save your place for the fabulous FAB O&M Show in October.
Online registration is fast and easy. On the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico homepage, scroll to this box:
NEW! You can now RSVP on line for monthly meetings and have the option of paying by credit card, just press the button to the right.
Follow the prompts, pay with your credit card, and you’re DONE! Sure, you still have to network with the state’s preeminent facility managers and suppliers while you pick up your nametag, but the days of looking for the ATM or asking for an in-arears invoice are finally over! Special thanks to FMA board members Dave Jensen, Lori Gunnare, Kevin Givens, and webmaster Roy Evans for their work on this particular project.
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New Businesses, New Legislation,
New Incentives Presented in February
In his 13 years representing for Albuquerque Economic Development, a private non-profit aimed at helping existing local businesses and attracting new ones, Bob Walton, Vice President, has enabled over 1400 companies to grow and expand. “Inquiries into the Albuquerque market are on the increase,” he said, “with 50 active projects in progress, and 52% of them involved in manufacturing.” The local market has been saturated in years passed with customer service back-office call centers which, while they create jobs, do not contribute exportable goods to the New Mexico economy.
Titan Aerospace, United Poly, S&P Data, Gandy Dancer, Comcast, and Flagship Foods were among the companies who are new or expanding their businesses in the Albuquerque area.
Bob also spoke on legislation making its way through the Round House which aims to provide tax incentives for manufacturers, about plans for corporate tax relief to make us more competitive, and explained how manufacturing companies should not be paying gross receipts taxes on utilities and consumables. He also spoke about job training incentives which are made available to local businesses, where up to one- half of an employee’s salary can be paid for six months if he is working for a company which will ultimately export a certain percent of their goods.
Before closing, Bob moderated a spirited discussion on the impact of “right-to-work” laws on the future of job development in the state. His decision to bring Allied Signal Power Systems to New Mexico in 1998 was heavily impacted and influenced by these laws.
CNM Scholarship Fund Endowed in February
The Facility Manager Association of New Mexico has the greater
goal of raising money to give to scholarship for tradesmen and
women who are entering the HVAC, electrical, building controls,
and plumbing trades. At the February meeting the FMA board--
from left, Carolee Griffin, Lori Gunnare, Mike Chavez, Mary Beth
Hames, and Jessica Leyva present CNM’S Samantha Starr with a
check for $4,500.00. To Samantha’s left are Kevin Givens, Tom
Plummer, Selby Lucero, and Dave Jensen, also FMA board
Money for this scholarship and another at UNM come from
proceeds from the annual golf tournament and the FMA trade
show which is held each fall.
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Attention Healthcare Facility Managers
Or Any FM who Needs Compliance Training:
Here is a Resource
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Hazardous Waste Bureau conducts hazardous waste inspections at hospitals, pharmacies, as well as other types of facilities. They offer their services to conduct free training concerning managing hazardous waste at hospitals and pharmacies. Having recently conducted inspections at several hospitals, they have found the majority of them to be out of compliance. Their aim to provide this training to large audiences spreads the information more quickly than individually inspecting each hospital/pharmacy.
But beyond healthcare, NMED believes they might be able to target some training for other diverse and various types of facilities. Compliance assistance is a key component in their program and keeping facilities in compliance makes the job a lot easier.
Need more information to start this discussion? Contact Janine Kraemer, CHMM, Hazardous Waste Supervisor for the New Mexico Environment Department, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive East, Building 1,Santa Fe NM 87505 office 505-476-4372, or email to email@example.com or connect with Facility Manager Association’s vice president, Tom Plummer with the Indian Health Services at firstname.lastname@example.org
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